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Apple co-founder Wozniak and others find trouble with Prius

Many Toyota Prius owners continue to experience sporadic episodes of sudden, unintended acceleration while driving their cars, even without floor mats jamming the throttle wide open or the gas pedal sticking. Toyota included all 2004-2009 Prius models in the floor mat entrapment recall it announced last fall, but did not include the Prius in its subsequent recall of Toyotas for sticking accelerator pedals. Jim Lentz, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales USA, says that the acceleration problems are completely fixed by the two recalls and that he is confident that electronics aren’t to blame. What Lentz says, however, contradicts ... Read More

Toyota pedal manufacturer says its products not to blame

Toyota has found itself in a rather sticky situation. With more than eight million cars and trucks worldwide falling under a massive recall due to sudden unintended acceleration, the Japanese carmaker is looking for some sort of solution to pacify a growing anxious consumer base. Last fall, it blamed floor mats for the problem. Last month, Toyota announced the problem also fell on the vehicles’ gas pedals. “Toyota’s engineers have developed and rigorously tested a solution that involves reinforcing the pedal assembly in a manner that eliminates the excess friction that has caused the pedals to stick in rare instances,” ... Read More

Can Toyota survive its unintended acceleration recalls?

It can take years for a company to build up a reputation as a maker of good, reliable products. But that stellar reputation can quickly tarnish when lives are at stake. Just ask Toyota Motor Sales (TMS). The Japanese automaker has already launched an image-mending campaign aimed at countering the negative vibe customers may have following the company’s recall of 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. due to reports of sticky gas pedals that have caused unintended acceleration. The Jan. 21 recall follows a fall 2009 Toyota recall of floor mats because of concerns that gas pedals could stick to ... Read More

Toyota adds more vehicles to unintended acceleration recall

Toyota announced that it will recall more than a million other cars and trucks in the United States over concerns that the vehicles could accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. The world’s largest car manufacturer added approximately 1.09 million to the recall list of 4.2 million vehicles that it originally announced last September. Toyota claims that the floor mats in these vehicles can become locked with the gas pedal, trapping it in an open position and causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly. The new additions to the sudden acceleration recall include the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 ... Read More

Pedal manufacturer says it’s not to blame for Toyota problems, recalls

In its latest recall involving 2.3 million vehicles, Toyota said that the throttle assemblies in eight models could wear over time, causing the gas pedal to stick in open position, return to idle too slowly, or generally become less responsive. Today, the manufacturer of those throttle mechanisms, CTS Corporation, issued a statement firmly insisting that its parts are not responsible for any of the unintended acceleration incidents involving Toyota vehicles. Toyota’s recall this month of vehicles with sticking accelerator pedals is separate from the record recall it announced last September of more than 4 million vehicles in response to reports ... Read More

Toyota announces another unintended acceleration recall

Toyota announced today that it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles in an effort to correct sticking accelerator pedals. This recall is not related to the current on-going recall of 4.2 million Toyota cars and trucks for floor mat pedal entrapment, which Toyota says is the cause of so many reports of sudden and Unintended Acceleration. “In recent months, Toyota has investigated isolated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats,” said Irv Miller, vice president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Miller said that the company’s investigation of the complaints found that some ... Read More

Toyota says it mishandled unintended acceleration problem

Yoshi Inaba, Toyota’s highest ranking executive in the United States, says that his company’s latest recall of millions of vehicles has taught Toyota some valuable lessons. Speaking to an audience gathered at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Inaba seemed eager to hit the re-set button with the American public through admission of Toyota’s past errors. Last September, Toyota and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of millions of Lexus and Toyota vehicles that have the potential to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. After nearly two years of denying reports of unintended acceleration problems, Toyota finally issued a recall ... Read More

Toyota announces another vehicle recall in China

Toyota’s reputation for quality and safety continues to take a beating, not only in the United States but throughout the world. The automaker is now recalling approximately 43,000 cars in China to repair a defect that could cause the engine’s oil to leak. The Lexus ES 350, which is one of the eight Toyota models blamed in the United States for unintended acceleration problems, is one of the models included in the China recall. The others are the Lexus RX 350, the Highlander sports utility vehicle, and the Previa minivan. Toyota’s latest recall in China comes just months after it ... Read More

Toyota recalls the most vehicles for first time ever

For the first time ever, Toyota took top spot in the U.S. auto industry for the total number of vehicles recalled within a year. Toyota’s most recent recall of 4.3 million vehicles for sudden, unintended acceleration problems hurdled the company to the top of the 2009 recall list, just above Ford. According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, auto manufacturers recalled 15.2 million vehicles in 2009, a 56 percent leap over the 8.6 million of cars recalled in 2008. Toyota vehicles represent more than 31 percent of all the vehicles recalled in 2009. About 88 percent of all ... Read More

Beasley Allen attorneys investigating Toyota unintended acceleration cases

Beasley Allen is currently investigating cases of sudden unintended acceleration affecting a large number of Toyota vehicles. Toyota recalled more than 4 million vehicles because of their potential to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly. Initially, Toyota is blaming the problem on the vehicles’ floor mats, saying a design flaw can cause the mats to slide forward and jam the accelerator pedal. However, Beasley Allen investigators are disputing the argument that this problem is entirely linked to the floor mats. “That is something that we think the automakers use as an excuse,” says Beasley Allen Shareholder Graham Esdale, who is the lead ... Read More